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Re: “Cocktail Challenge: Cod milt

Very nice. Just had my first experience with cod milt in Japan in the form of Gunkan Maki (nori wrapped like a fat equator around sushi rice, topped with whatever, in this case the milt), as well as seared. Kind of like sweetbreads, but--excuse the lack of a better word to describe it here--creamier. Delicious, if you can wrap your brain around it!

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Posted by Hugh Amano on 02/12/2013 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Can the loose meat sandwich be redeemed?

I can understand the aversion to Maid-Rite...but have to admit that I'm a huge fan. Something about its most-basic-only-meat-onion-and-bread-nature if you will appeals to me. I have to say though, that given the reigns, I fix it up a bit. A fond memory was taking a slab of the bacon-wrapped meatloaf from a restaurant I used to work in, hammering it and breaking it up on a greasy flattop, and putting it on bread griddled on that same surface. Cheese and mustard everywhere, and pickles to round it all out. I'd feed it to the skinny urchin we employed as a food runner, certain it would be the only thing he'd eat all week. He dubbed it the "Sloppy Hugh", and, thankfully, survived that cold Chicago winter.

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Posted by Hugh Amano on 12/12/2012 at 12:33 PM

Re: “My Dinner With Charlie

Mike--agreed; it's interesting to read the words "local" and "organic" from a different time a decade ago when they weren't really being used for profit (or dirt road cred) yet--clearly CT was bringing the good goods in because they were, well, good. And this time warp scenario and the phenomenon Martha describes spot-on in her response causes me to recall my experience at Chez Panisse a few years back. For me, everything there was just so underwhelming (despite being absolutely perfect). Why? Well, because I'd eaten that meal so many times before--at so many places--each so heavily influenced by Alice Waters/Jeremiah Tower and the entire Chez Panisse legion of chefs. Now, at the source, I'd been spoiled, and how ironically so. Just like now, in an age of smartphone camera effects, every picture I see from the 50's/60's/70's loses just a touch of that singular distinction that makes looking at old pictures special and unique. You know the original substance is there; you respect and appreciate it; but somehow, that first, visceral reaction is tainted, however slightly, by what has come after it.

At any rate, thanks for such a fine trip down Armitage Lane.

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Posted by Hugh Amano on 01/05/2012 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Eat your veggies

April makes a very good point--might I add HarvesTime just west of Western on Lawrence, Edgewater Produce in Andersonville, Fresh Farms on Touhy in Niles, and pretty much any market on or near Argyle Street? All excellent sources of produce, and all extremely affordable.

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Posted by Hugh Amano on 11/17/2011 at 2:23 PM

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